Thursday, May 12, 2005

Internet News

A bunch of stuff happened yesterday, and I want to give you the updates in case you missed them.

First, Yahoo! Music has finally announced what I've been long awaiting. After purchasing and rebranding Launch, they now offer the chance to download about 1,000,000 (one million) songs. Rather than spend 99 cents apiece in iTunes, you can pay a montly fee and get everything for just that monthly amount. I guess it's like renting songs, and as long as you pay your rent, you get to listen to the songs on your various music devices. What's really cool is that the price is only $4.99 a month! This is a great price, currently causing Napster and Real to loose 20% of their stock value. [Co-workers have asked why I didn't short these stocks for a quick buck!]

Next, Mozilla's Firefox just released an update to their browser. Download version 1.0.4 for the newest security update. And if you use Firefox, you really do need to check out the Extensions for adding a great deal of flexibility to the program.

Lastly, Google bought dodgeball, officially entering the mobile social networking fray. This cool service allows you to hook up with friends by relaying a message from your phone to others you call friends, allowing easy coordination of who is going to be where. It also let's you know when a friend-of-a-friend (FOAF) is within 10 blocks of your location, let's you designate who you have a 'crush' on, so you can be notified when they are nearby, and more.

Microsoft had a couple announcements too, but they weren't about anything that I would consider internet related. But if didn't really seem as big deal unless you're looking for info on the next gen Xbox. According to Steve Ballmer, "You'll have to wait until later today for the name. Tune in to MTV at 9:30 eastern, tonight."

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